I do not care what religious or anti-religious affiliation you claim as part of your identity. I really don't. Your spiritual matters are your own. No one, and I mean no one, can tell you what is right or wrong in regards to your spiritual needs. Sometimes you don't even know what's right for you. And that's okay.
Some of you set your eyes to the stars and don't feel the need to seek understanding with a higher being (or beings). You are at peace with yourself and the world around you and are content to explore life's mysteries on your own. That's fine. It works for you.
Some of you prefer to think there is a higher power out there, and you work at understanding said higher power(s) and the universe at large through faith. It helps you stay grounded to know that there is something bigger than you out there, and that you have a connection to it. That's also perfectly fine. It works for you.
Some of you don't know where you stand in regards to your beliefs. You are not at peace with yourself. This is a natural feeling to have at some point in your life. Maybe you even go through this several times through the years, or for an extended period of time only once in your life. It's okay to question the world and your place in it. Losing faith, or not being able to gain it, does not make you any less of a person. It just means you're working out some personal things with yourself. Accept help if you think you need it, or say thank-you-but-no-thanks if you don't think you need it. Faith and spirituality are very personal things. There is no one size fits all solution in regards to faith and spirituality, and that's okay.
So what is not okay? A lack of respect.
Calling someone names or insinuating that they are somehow a bad person based solely on their faith, or lack thereof, is a blatant act of disrespect.
Those memes with "cute" sayings that are meant to make like minded athiests laugh, and start fights with people who are actively religious? Not respectful.
Telling someone their entire life philosophy is wrong because they do not identify with your specific branch of religion, or actively seeking to change someone's personal beliefs to match your own? Not respectful.
Assuming all the loud, angry persons of the internet and traditional media speak for their like-minded groups at large? Not respectful.
Everyone is not the same. It's highly disrespectful to assume someone with a different set of beliefs is wrong and needs to be "fixed" if they would only listen to reason, or that they will attack you for being different. Do not pity these people because there is nothing to be pitied. What they're doing does not work for you, and what works for you does not work for them. There are probably some individuals who are insecure in their personally held beliefs, and it shakes their foundations to think they might be "wrong." Challenges in faith or lack thereof might produce a fight or flight response, and sometimes insecure individuals will lash out. These are normally the louder individuals in any group. Their insecurity is their own problem, not yours.
However, it is also not acceptable for anyone to dismiss the feelings of others because "they can't take a joke." Again, that's disrespectful.
By all means, state your opinions and have lively discussions. But do not do it in such a way as to provoke a fight. There's a difference between disagreeing and picking a fight, and most of you know where that line sits. You're smart people. If you are secure in your personal beliefs, why do you feel the need to fight in the first place? Lead by example. Preferably by a good example.
Keep it awesome in here, G+. We don't have to hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but we don't have to be at each others' throats, either. It's been getting a little rabid in here.
You can just go ahead and write all the rest of the Doctor Who episodes ever.
(I just now got a chance to watch last week's episode. AND NOW THERE'S ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE FOR THIS SEASON AND THEN WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE 50TH AND THEN THERE WILL BE NO MORE NEW DOCTOR WHO FOR AN INDETERMINATE AMOUNT OF TIME. I hate you BBC / Moffat / Anyone else holding up the show. That is all.) Read post in Google+
A cute little (ha, ha, "little") baby belly, I has one.
Just squeaked over the 6 month mark yesterday. Imma look like a beach ball here in a few months. lol Read post in Google+
Well hello there! I'm doing a little circle cleaning. First go the inactives... I'm generally tossing anyone that hasn't posted since before New Years. Exceptions are being made for people I'm fond of, though it is possible I might accidentally uncircle you if you are active. I'm using the Uncircle Inactives+ thing (or whatever they renamed it). It's prone to be a little buggy. Let me know if I drop you by accident. It's not personal, it's just that I don't want to individually check all 2600 of you. Ain't nobody got time for that.
However, part of cleaning out my circles also means hooping some of you that I thought I already had circled but obviously didn't. It happens. I'm a space cadet. If you interact with me on a regular basis and I don't have you circled just poke me.
Might change my circle names again, or come up with a better system for you Hatchlings (new people I don't know where to put yet). I kept the Hatchlings circles small so that they'd be easier to sort through, but now there's like 8 of them and that's just ridiculous. So yeah. Dunno what I'm doing there. Something.
Oh, and I'm cleaning out my recommended circles. Those things need to be updated like what. I've already found a few that I'm like dafuq they haven't posted in a year why am I still pointing you minions in their direction? Which reminds me, I need to update that section on my about page.
+Ryan Drewrey and +Danial Hallock would like to make a serious effort at getting George Takei over here on G+. And why not? He's already big on FB and Twitter. We have some serious Takei fans over here just waiting for an official page or profile.
(The one that currently shows up in search results is not the real thing.)
But what do you guys think? Other than the obvious #takeituesday hashtag trending here and on twitter, how can we let Takei know that we need his fabulous self over here in Pluslandia? Read post in Google+